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Genetically modified soy: a new poison?
By T.K. Randall
May 6, 2011 · 24 comments
Image Credit: CC 2.0 Gerry Manacsa
Paraguayan mother insists genetically modified soy killed her son, but does it really pose a danger ?
Growth of the "green gold" crop of genetically modified (GM) soy is quickly spreading throughout the land-locked South American country of Paraguay. GM soy's growth requires agrochemicals which are hazardous to people and animals living near the farms, yet the Paraguayan government has shown little effort in regulating the chemicals used.
In the last year the amount of land planted with soy has grown to a record 2. 6 million hectares, most of which is GM, leading to claims of deforestation, violent land disputes and the ‘poisoning’ of local communities.
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